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Celestial Navigation


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Table of Contents

Introduction; The Earth & the Heavens; The Sextant; The Noon Sight for Latitude; Time; Position Lines & Plotting; Tables; Sun Sights; The Planets; The Moon; The Stars; Polaris - the Pole Star; Compass Checking on the Ocean; The Shortest Way

About the Author

Tom Cunliffe is Britain's leading sailing writer. He is a worldwide authority on sailing instruction and an expert on traditional sailing craft. Tom's nautical career has seen him serve as mate on a merchant ship, captain on gentleman's yachts and skipper of racing craft. Tom has been a Yachtmaster Examiner since 1978 and has a gift for sharing his knowledge with good humour and an endless supply of tales of the sea.


"Tom's warm and humorous writing style makes the book easy to digest, while still explaining the subject in detail." (Yachting Monthly) "He writes with the authority of a man who knows that his methods work in the most testing of all examination rooms, a small boat sailing on the open ocean." (Bill Anderson, Formerly RYA Training Manager) "Gives concise and well-written groundings in the theory and practice of astro-navigation. With the aid of some excellent diagrams and photographs, he explains how to use - and care for - a sextant, take sights, calculate latitude and plot position. He throws in some good worked examples to help, and the book is reinforced by online video tutorials and downloadable blank calculation sheets... Its admirable simplicity and brevity make it a valuable tool." (Telegraph, Sep 2019)

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